Apply Now for Art Critic Mentoring Program (New York)

Co-presented with AICA USA (US section of International Association of Art Critics), the Art Critic Mentoring program provides seven writers annually with the opportunity to work with an established art critic appointed by AICA to compose a long-form critical essay on one of CUE’s exhibiting artists.

Donor Name: CUE

State: New York

City: New York

Type of Grant: Training or Mentorship

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/05/2022

Size of the Grant: $600


Over the course of two months, each writer conducts studio visits with an exhibiting artist and composes a long-form critical essay, which will be published by CUE in a printed exhibition catalogue and online. The program is open to writers of any age in the early stages of their careers who meet the eligibility guidelines outlined below. The writer selection process consists of a nomination and open call hybrid. Writers are awarded a $600 honorarium. To read past essays, browse the archive.

CUE is currently looking for writers in the New York, NY, area to write an essay on Fereidoun Gaffari’s upcoming exhibition at CUE, curated and mentored by Phong Bui and on view June 9 – July 13, 2022.

Funding Information

Writers are awarded a $600 honorarium.

Eligibility for Emerging Writers: 

CUE’s Art Critic Mentoring Program Open Call is for emerging writers of any age who:

  • Have a demonstrated art writing practice or experience analyzing works of art in a textual format.
    • Please note that advanced degrees or degrees of any sort are not required for this writing opportunity.
  • Must currently live and work in the city where the open call is being held.
  • Must be open to receiving mentorship and incorporating feedback from an art critic appointed by CUE/AICA.
  • Must not regularly publish monthly reviews or essays for a mainstream arts publication (i.e. Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, etc.).
  • Must not have published a book or be currently under contract for a forthcoming book with a large commercial publisher (short chapbooks and similar publications by small, independent printers are acceptable).
  • Preference will be given to those who do not currently hold an editorial or staff writer position at a prominent arts publication or those who have held such positions for less than 3 years

For more information, visit Art Critic Mentoring Program.